How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

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Invisalign is an advanced, highly effective orthodontic treatment for adults and older teens. Rather than using uncomfortable metal wires, brackets, and bands to straighten teeth, Invisalign uses smooth, invisible plastic aligners to move teeth into the best positions gently.

For the average patient, Invisalign treatment takes between 12 and 18 months from start to finish. You may start to see straighter teeth in only a few weeks, but you need to finish your entire treatment for the results to be permanent.

How Invisalign Works

The Invisalign system consists of a graduated series of clear plastic aligners. Your dentist designs these aligners individually, planning the movement of each tooth over time. Depending on the dentist's instructions, you will change your aligners every 1 to 2 weeks. As you move through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually straighten.

Invisalign applies gentle pressure to the teeth, enabling them to move without painful, sudden adjustments. This feature is why Invisalign can be faster and certainly more comfortable than braces.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign has many advantages over traditional metal braces:


Invisalign treatment means that you can straighten your teeth without being bothered by constant attention. Your acquaintances and coworkers may notice that you look great, but they may not be able to tell you are using the aligners.


Invisalign makes its aligners from smooth, medical-grade plastic. The aligners have no metal parts that could rub on the inside of your mouth and cause bleeding, soreness, and scarring like metal braces. You may forget that you have your aligners in.

Ability to Eat Freely

Braces patients frequently complain that they can't eat foods like popcorn, candy, or corn on the cob. Since Invisalign comes out to eat or drink, you can have what you want.

Easy Care

Caring for your aligners is simple. Brush them gently with clear, unscented liquid soap and rinse them well. Rinse them every time you eat or drink before putting them back in your mouth. Alternatively, you could use Invisalign's branded cleaning system for maximum ease and convenience.

Better Oral Health

People with Invisalign are less likely to develop oral health problems than those with metal braces. It can be challenging to keep teeth clean when metal braces are in the way. With Invisalign, it is easier to brush and floss, leading to better oral health.

Faster than Braces

As we mentioned, Invisalign treatment can be faster than metal braces. As a busy teen or adult, you won't want to spend unnecessary time straightening your teeth.

Call Suwanee Family Dentistry

If the benefits of Invisalign sound attractive, call our office at 678-714-2380 to learn more about the system and how it can brighten your smile.